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Week 42

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

In Jeju, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines held its annual Assembly of Presidents this week. Key talking points were infrastructure deficiencies, the need for regulatory harmonization and the challenges of managing cybersecurity and trade wars.

In Shanghai, Juneyao Airlines accepted its maiden B787 Dreamliner, Kuwait Airways became the first customer for the A330-800neo, SpiceJet and S7 Airlines took delivery of their first B737 MAXs, AirAsia India named a new CEO and Genghis Khan Airlines launched in Inner Mongolia.



Juneyao accepts maiden B787 Dreamliner

Shanghai’s Juneyao Airlines has taken delivery of its maiden wide body, a B787-9. Read More »



Kuwait Airways orders eight A330-800neo

State-controlled Kuwait Airways this week signed a preliminary agreement to acquire eight A330-800neo, making the airline the first customer for the smallest A330neo variant. Read More »



Inner Mongolia start-up orders ARJ21s

The Chinese authorities have approved the business application of Genghis Khan Airlines, a start-up carrier based in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Read More »



SpiceJet accepts first of up to 205 on-order B737 MAXs

Boeing has delivered the maiden of up to 205 on-order B737 MAXs to India's SpiceJet. Read More »





AAPA: Asia-Pacific carriers continue to shape the industry

At this week’s 62nd Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Jeju, hosted by Korean Air, AAPA director general, Andrew Herdman, emphasized that Asia-Pacific carriers continued to spearhead the development of the global aviation industry “by investing in next generation aircraft with the very latest cabin innovations across all classes, as well as other customer service initiatives”. Read More »



S7 receives Russia's first B737 MAX

Boeing, Air Lease Corp. (ALC) and Russia's S7 Airlines this week celebrated the delivery of the airline's first B737 MAX, on lease from ALC. Read More »



ANA expands network with Vienna

All Nippon Airways (ANA) this week announced it would add Vienna as its seventh destination in Europe, starting February 17. Read More »



Boeing’s Adient joint venture starts operations

Following the closing of its acquisition of aircraft parts and services supplier, KLX Inc., last week, Boeing on Tuesday announced that its joint venture (JV) with Adient Aerospace had received all regulatory approvals and is now operational. Read More »



Embraer launches E190-E2 Asia-Pacific tour

Embraer’s E190-E2 commercial jet this week made a stop in Japan as part of its multi-city Asia-Pacific tour. Read More »





Singaporean wealth fund buys equity in NAC

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, GIC, will take a minority shareholding in regional aircraft lessor, Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), joining the firm’s currently stakeholders EQT VI and the company’s founder, Martin Moller, as a “significant minority investor”. Read More »



AirAsia India names new CEO

Following the departure of Amar Abrol, AirAsia India this week named senior Tata Group executive, Sunil Bhaskaran, its new CEO, effective November 15. Read More »



David Davenport and Ray Johns named co-CEOs of FlightSafety

FlightSafety International this week announced that David Davenport and Ray Johns would lead the training company as co-CEOs, following the passing of former chairman, president and CEO, Bruce Whitman. Read More »



SIA appoints board member

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Thursday announced the appointment of Goh Swee Chen to its board as an independent non-executive director, with effect from January 1. Read More »



Routes: AirAsia will launch a four-weekly Kuching-Tawau A320 service on December 2. Read More »